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Holiday Season

In a Twinkling Tabletop

– Posted in: Holiday Season, Tablescapes
Christmas | In a Twinkling Tabletop

This “In a Twinkling Tabletop” is the perfect place for family and friends to gather together during the holiday season.  It is a naturally elegant setting – with little reindeer sitting near a table runner made of intertwined greenery.  With little Christmas lights twinkling within, birds are seen frolicking among the holly berries.  An assorted… Read more

Finial Tree Topper Display

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas | Decorating | Finial Tree Topper Display

One of our great joys this season was the ability to make a lovely presentation using tree toppers and crystal candlesticks.  I seem to have more tree toppers than I have trees!  Some of these treasures are just too beautiful not to display.  With the help of vintage glassware, we were able to display all of… Read more

Adorable Pinecone Elves

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas Crafts | Adorable Pinecone Elves

It was a few years ago that I saw this wonderful craft project featured in a magazine.  The article was titled “Felt Friends”, and it showcased a trio of the most adorable pinecone elves I had ever seen!  One look at the photo and I was hooked.  I love working with felt, and try to… Read more

Turkey Lifters

– Posted in: Fall Season, Holiday Season
Stuff We Love | Turkey Lifters

Once you’ve cooked up a gorgeous and delicious bird, the question soon becomes … “How am I going to lift 15 pounds of steaming goodness from the pan to the platter?”  Not to worry, for these Turkey Lifters make for easy lifting!  They are not only perfect to use for Thanksgiving dinners, but also for any holiday… Read more

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas | Crafts | DIY Candy Cane Place Card Holder

Every year I try to make at least one Christmas craft during the holiday season, and this year it was the Candy Cane Place Card Holders!  They were extremely easy to do, and the entire project is done in a matter of minutes.  You can design and make them in a variety of colors, adorning… Read more

Holiday Decorating – Pretty Presentation

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Holiday Decorating Tips | Pretty presentation on how to add height to your displays.

If you are in the middle of holiday decorating, here is a great tip on how to add some height to your display area.  Simply grab a few wrapped or decorated gift boxes and create a stack – with the largest box resting at the bottom, and the smallest one sitting on top.  This pretty… Read more

Potluck Party Planner

– Posted in: Fall Season, Holiday Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Organization Tips | Potluck Party Planner

This is the time of year when you want to save yourself as much stress as possible.  My Potluck Party Planner will do just that, allowing you to stay organized when hosting your next big celebration.  This handy guide will help you keep track of what items your guests are bringing, in addition to any… Read more

St. Nick’s Napkin

– Posted in: Holiday Season
St. Nick's Napkin - a very easy and fun DIY project!

I am a lover of vintage glass, and because of that … I am also a bit nostalgic.  While recently designing a tablescape with my Fostoria American crystal dishes, it just made sense to add a few pops of holiday color wherever possible.  I had recently seen a page in the December 2016 issue of the Taste of… Read more

DIY Poinsettia Wreath

– Posted in: Holiday Season
DIY Poinsettia Wreath

Some of the best holiday crafts come from scraps that are left over from previous projects.  That is exactly what happened with this beautiful DIY Poinsettia Wreath!  The green sparkly yarn was left over from an afghan I crocheted last year.  I did not have enough of the yarn to make another big project, so… Read more